First-Year Seminar: Stories of Medicine

ENGLISH LITERATURE 151

Because interactions between doctors and patients often occur at times of extreme stress and vulnerability, and because pain and fear can shape how such interactions are perceived, the best narratives about medicine offer especially intense explorations of human experience. The course's readings, which will be of interest to students both of literature and of the medical humanities, will include fiction by physician-writers (writer-physicians?) such as Chekhov, Bulgakov, Conan Doyle, and Maugham, and by modern doctors (like Terrence Holt, Richard Selzer, Louise Aronson, and Abraham Verghese) whose "fiction" evidently draws on their treatment of real patients. Additional readings may include depictions of mental illness by George Eliot, Dostoevsky, Hawthorne, Woolf, and Gilman, as well as recent works by Ann Patchett, Anatole Broyard, Colm Tóibín, and Gary Shteyngart. As readers and writers, we will focus on how these artists employ diction, syntax, and structure to create both meaning and effect. Course is for first-year, non-transfer students only. 3 units. Same as L85 MedH 151.
Course Attributes: EN H; FYS; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM

Section 01

First-Year Seminar: Stories of Medicine
INSTRUCTOR: Arch
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Section 02

Literature Seminar for First Years
INSTRUCTOR: Rozo Sanchez
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